Choosing The Right Fire Wicks

Fire toys, when used properly, can be an impressive way to entertain a crowd, like the ones available at To start out with, you will need to have a supply of fire wicks and fuel to ensure that you can light things up without any trouble. When properly prepared, the wick will light up as soon as fire touches it.

Fire Wicks: Sizes and Types
The size of the fire wick you use will depend on a few things. For example, how much fire you want and the size of the fire toy. In general, small props and tricks will need thread sizes, whips and small pois will use string or a narrow flat wick, while larger pois, staffs and hoops tend to use the flat wick.

The bigger the wick, the more flame you will have, so keep that in mind when selecting fire wicks. If you are just starting to use fire in your practices, it may be best to stick with a smaller wick type to begin with. This will get you used to working with the low flames, and then you can gradually increase them over time.

Preparing Your Fire Wicks

Once you have chosen the wick that will best suit your needs, it has to be prepared. Never, ever soak your wick in kerosene or gas. A brand new wick should be soaked in lamp oil or paraffin wax for half an hour or so. The wax will give off a lot more smoke than the oil, but it is more economical, so you will need to choose between looks and cost.

Using the fire wick is simple. You will need to wrap it around the piece you will be using, hoop, staff, poi or diablo, according to the instructions that came with the fire toy. Each one is different and they will require different methods.

Now that the wick is correctly attached, you can light it easily. As soon as fire touches the fuel, it should light up quickly, grow and then the flame will go down fairly quickly. The toy can then be used.

When you finish with the fire, blow it out. Then dip the wick in fuel again and store in a bag so that it will stay damp with fuel. You should dip it once more right before use to ensure optimum performance. The main reason for dipping fire wicks as soon as you are finished is to prolong the life of the piece. When left undipped, there may be small sections that do not completely extinguish.

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